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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2015 Big 12 football schedule released by conference

Kansas fans watch the Jayhawk football team on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas fans watch the Jayhawk football team on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Memorial Stadium.

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The Kansas University football program, along with the rest of the conference, received its first look at the Big 12 Conference slate for the 2015 season on Wednesday.

The Jayhawks, who have two games remaining this season — Saturday at OU and Nov. 29 at Kansas State — will open next year's conference schedule on the road at Iowa State on Oct. 3.

The game with the Cyclones will mark the beginning of nine straight weeks against Big 12 foes for the Jayhawks, who have their second bye on Dec. 5 and their first bye (Sept. 19) prior to the start of the conference schedule.

KU will close the season with a home game against Kansas State on Nov. 28.

No times have been released yet and the dates are subject to change, according to agreements with the conference's television partners.

Here's a look at KU's complete 2015 football schedule:

Sept. 5 South Dakota State

Sept. 12 Memphis

Sept. 19 Bye Week

Sept. 26 at Rutgers

Oct. 3 at Iowa State

Oct. 10 Baylor

Oct. 17 Texas Tech

Oct. 24 at Oklahoma State

Oct. 31 Oklahoma

Nov. 7 at Texas

Nov. 14 at TCU

Nov. 21 West Virginia

Nov. 28 Kansas State

Dec. 5 Bye Week

Comments

Michael Maris 5 years, 7 months ago

Well, if Oklahoma State gets bowl eligible this season. Then, that will make 9 FBS teams on next years schedule that were bowl eligible in the 2014 season. South Dakota State is already 7-4 this season (and will be in the FCS Playoffs). Memphis is having a good season (7-3 right now). Rutgers is already 6-4 this season with 2 games to go. So, Kansas could possibly be facing the toughest schedule in the Power 5 Conference (outside of some SEC Schools).

Pete Hatcher 5 years, 7 months ago

Whoever works our schedule needs to get fired. Doesn't matter how our Big 12 opponents fall out, but not having a bye in the middle of the gauntlet, come on!

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 7 months ago

KU officials have zero input on the Big 12 portion of the schedule. The biggest change that needs to happen is that KU needs to quit making week 1 (the weekend before Labor Day) a bye week. Using a bye week before a game is even played is ridiculous and that's the biggest scheduling issue that needs to change going forward because that's something that's within KU's control.

Brent Held 5 years, 7 months ago

I say we start out the season 4-0, then go on to beat Texas Tech, TCU, and West Virginia. 7-5 for the season.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 7 months ago

but also 1-3 if we don't keep improving. Heck, 0-4 isn't even out of the question unfortunately.

Assuming we beat TCU in particular, but lose to OU & UT is appearing out of touch with contemporary reality, but then who knows from year to year anymore.

Robert Brown 5 years, 7 months ago

This is a decent schedule but not the toughest schedule in a Power 5 conference!! I agree that it would be nice to have another off-week. You can hardly call Dec. 5th a bye week since the season would have already ended.

This team loses alot of skill players, but I am guessing the attitude will be different than this year but they should believe they can play with any of the non-conference opponents.

Kyle Sybesma 5 years, 7 months ago

I think KU has an opportunity in the Big 12 with the right coaching hire because I feel a shift about to happen. Maybe not this offseason but over the next couple years questions need to be answered. When will Snyder retire? Will Gundy go to Florida? Paul Rhodes future? Will Briles leave Bayor? Probably not since he's never lived outside Texas How long will Tech hold on to their golden boy? Is Charlie Strong really the answer in Texas?

Maybe I'm just looking to be optimistic.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 7 months ago

Wondered what impact Muschamp would have, and unfortunately "McElwain will get the Florida job" is all to realistic.

Kyle Cornish 5 years, 7 months ago

We didn't add that bye week at the end of the season. The Big 12 makes the conference schedule, so they put it there. We have the "bye week" at the end of this season too. Since we haven't been as good, we aren't playing on the final weekend.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 7 months ago

KU has zero control over that last bye week. The Big 12 conference sets that part of the schedule

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 7 months ago

Someone pee in your Wheaties this morning?

Jack Jones 5 years, 7 months ago

When you say, "we've added a bye week" ~ well, you will be corrected, regardless of your "point".

Robert Brown 5 years, 7 months ago

I imagine you will see a change in scheduling during the next 3-4 years which will require tougher non-conference scheduling. This will be demanded by the TV networks and conferences are strength of schedule is a major factor in selecting the Final 4. That is one reason, I hope a team like Baylor does not make it to the Final 4. I look at next year's schedule as an ideal schedule. Rutgers is not Ohio State and Memphis is probably a little better than Central Michigan this year. The team will be tested going into conference play.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 7 months ago

When did we add Rutgers? It's not like Duke is it? One of those teams that we added years ago when we thought we were going to be relevant and the cupcake schedules were being blasted.

As Robert points out, even today Baylor's cupcake non-con could come back to bite them; keep them out of the final 4. KSU was legit this year - after backing out of valid games in past years. It would be fun to listen to them whine if next year's non-con came back to bite them again. 2 years in a row for the conference would probably start to change attitudes, maybe develop those conf-conf non-con arrangements like in BB. Set aside the 2nd or 3rd week of the season, and make arrangements for inter-cont play.

That being said, there is definitely a difference between our aspirations and those of the Top 25. You make a valid point about the process/scheduling to get there, but not sure the crystal ball is quite as clear as presented/perceived.

Robert Brock 5 years, 7 months ago

I hope that we can beat South Dakota State.

Micky Baker 5 years, 7 months ago

Just FYI. We're always going to have a tough schedule. I'm okay with that. I wouldn't want it any other way.

Robert Brown 5 years, 7 months ago

It is NOT a tough schedule. If we beat Rutgers, we will get noticed, much more than beating South Dakota or Central Michigan. K-State got more positive press out of playing Auburn tough and losing than it did by pounding their other opponents. Baylor has been ridiculed for its non-conference schedule.

And while a bowl is nice, a minor bowl is not that big of a deal. No one watches it except the fans of the team and gamblers. The major benefit is extra practice time.

Nick McCaslin 5 years, 7 months ago

Minor bowls are a big deal. Extra practice time at the end of the season is a huge plus in developing next year's talent.

Kyle Cornish 5 years, 7 months ago

FYI, New Jersey was a recruiting area for the head coach who was here when the schedule was made... Weis

Marc Frey 5 years, 7 months ago

From what I have been reading, we are not going to be better next year. What makes us think we will win more than 3 games?

Dirk Medema 5 years, 7 months ago

You haven't heard that we've found the 2nd coming? It has been all over this site. Well, at least most comments.

Lucas Town 5 years, 7 months ago

With losing so many players that have been main stays for KU the last couple of years, I don't see our record being any better next year. But Bowen has showed in a few short weeks that we have talent, we have always had talent. We just haven't had a coach that could utilize it. I read above from Brett McCabe that we will always have a tough schedule, and I agree. That will always be true for anyone playing in a power 5. Let's hope for much continued growth in the offseason and build on our success from this year.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 7 months ago

Harwell is new this year, and we've had nothing close for 4 years. King is also new the last half of the year as well. Heck, even Mundine actually catching the ball is new, and all of that is half the performance (the ability to convert on 3rd and sustain drives).

Valid point with respect to Cummings.

There are plenty of doomsayers regarding loosing significant players, but there are quite a few coming back as well. Any decent team will also have players like Arnick this year stepping forward after learning and growing for the first couple. Hopefully, Watson and more can do the same next year.

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